Woman Vice Premiers 2000-2009

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership


This is a list of the women who have been deputy leaders of governments, some with and some without the title of Deputy Premier. Many have been acting Premier Ministers on various occasions. 

2000-03 Zeljka Antunovic, Croatia  

Dr. Željka Antunović is a medical doctor and has been member of parliament since 1995 and was Deputy Premier Minister (Social Affairs).  Vice-President of the Social Democrats from 2000 and Acting Leader in 2007, Minister of Defence 2002-03 and Vice-President of the Sabor from 2008. (b. 1955-).

2000-03 Dr.iur. Susanne Reiss-Passer, Austria  
Chairperson of the Group of the Bundesrat 1992-95 and 1997-98, Party Vice-Chairperson and  1996-2000 Caretaking Chairperson and from 2000 Leader (Bundesparteiobfrau)  Freiheitliche Partei Östereichs (FPÖ) after Jörg Haiders resignation. On 09.09.02 she resigned from her party positions and the and announced that she would stat down from the government because of dissagrement with Haider, but agreed to stay on until after new elections and a new government had been appointed. (b. 1961-). 

2000-03 Betina Ferrero-Waldner, Austria 
As Foreign Minister she was third in cabinet until 2003. See also Female Foreign Ministers. 2004 Presidential Candidate. From 2004 European Commissioner of External Relations. (b. 1948-).

2000-01 Yuliya Tymoshenko, Ukraine  
1997-98 Chairperson of the State Committee for Budget, 1998-2000 Director of  United Energy System, one of the country’s few private companies and since As Vice-Premier she was in charge of Energy Issues.  In January 2001 she was detained charged with corruption - though she was widely seen as the one who had been trying to act effectively against corruption. Former Co-Leader of the Hromda party and presently leader of Batkivsjtjina. (Fatherland's Party). Prime Minister in 2005. (b. 1961-).

2000-03 Hildegard Carola Puwak, Romania

1993-96 Secretary of State for Economic Reform and from 29/12-00 Minister of  European Integration and Third in Cabinet
. She is Vice-Chairperson of the Social Democrats and Member of the German Minority.

2000-02 Yeh Chu-lan, Taiwan (Third in Cabinet)
2004 Vice-Premier
Deputy Convener of DPP Caucus in Legislative Yuan 1992 and General Convener 1995, Minister of  State and Minister of Transport and Communication (Third in Cabinet), 2000-02, Chair of the Council for Hakka Affairs 2002-04, Minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development 2004 and Minister of Consumer Protection 2004-05, from 2005 Chair of the National Assembly. (b. 1949-).

2001-05  Rita Kieber-Beck, Liectenstein
Her title was Vize-regierungschefin or Deputy Head of the Government. She was also councillor of Education, Trafic, Communication and Justice. From 2005 Councillor of External Relations. (b. 1958-).

2001-02 María Kadlecíkovà, Slovakia
Vice-President of the Council of Ministers for European Integration. She was Ambassador to FAO 1993-97, and held other positions within the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations.. She was lecturer of Georgetown University 1991-93 and had been Vice-Rector of the Slovakian Agricultural University. (b. 1948-).

2001-03 Lidia Santova Shouleva, Bulgaria

Also Minister of Labour and Social Policy later of Economy. Former executive director of a private company. (b. 1956-).

2001-02 Sima Samar, Afghanistan
Appointed Deputy Leader of the Transitional Council or Deputy Premier Minister and Minister of Women's Affairs, after the woman-hating Taleban-regime was ousted. She had been leader of a women's organization for a number of years. (b. 1957-).

2001-03 Glenda Morean, Trinidad and Tobago (Second in Cabinet)
Appointed Attorney General and thus second in cabinet. From 2003 Ambassador to United Kingdom with accreditation also to Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Germany.

2001-02  Augusta Salling, Greenland (Danish External Territory)
2003 Vicelandsstyreformand (Vice-Premier)

Minister of Economy and Finance 2001-02 and 2003. In the first period she was Second in the Cabinet in the second with title as Vice-Premier. She was mayor of Qeqartarsuaq 1993-97, member of the Landsting for the liberal Atasut Party from 1999, Party Leader 2001-05 and 2. Vice-Chairperson of the Landsting since 2005. (b. 1954-).  (b. 1954-).

2001-07 and 2007-09 Déwé Gorodey, Nouvelle Caledonie (French External Territory)

A former member of the Northern Provincial Council, she
has held a number of government posts since 1999. (b. 1949-)

2001-09 Cynthia Alfred, Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago)
Deputy Chief Secretary and Secretary for Health, Social Services, etc. of the autonomous island of Trinidad and Tobago. Vice chairperson of PNM Tobago and was Senator in Trinidad and Tobago 1996-2001.

2001-02 and 2005-09 Marisol Lopez-Tromp, Aruba (External Territory of the Netherlands)
Deputy-Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health, Social Affairs, Culture and Sport 2001-02 and Minister of Social Affairs and Infrastructure 2002-09, Also Minister of Education from 2005. (b. 1969-).

2001-02 Arta Dade, Albania (Third in Cabinet)
1997-98 and again 2002 Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport and after that Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Party and Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Parliament and 2001-02 Minister of Foreign Affairs and third in the cabinet. (b. 1948-).

2001-02 Ro Teimumu Kepa, Fiji (Third in Cabinet)
2000-01 Interim Minister of Women, Culture and Social Welfare and from 2001Minister of Education. She was a member of the Great Council of Chiefs and succeeded her sister, the former First Lady and deputy party leader, Ro Adi Lady Lala Mara to the titles of Rewa High chief and Marama Bale na roko Tui Dreketi

2001-03 Dra. Ana Maria Pessoa Pereira da Silva Pinto, East Timor (Third in the Cabinet)
2003-06 Deputy Prime Minister
Normally known as  Dra. Ana Pessoa, she was member of the National Political Commission of the National Council of Timorese Reistance 1998-2000, Member of the Transitional Cabinet for Internal Administration 2000-01,Minister of Justice 2001-03 and from 2003 Minister of State and Minister in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and de-facto Second Deputy Prime Minister. She was considered the prime contender among the candidates put forward by the Fretilin-party for the post of Prime Minister after the resignation of Mari Alkari, but the party accepted the President's wish to appoint her ex-husband, the former Foreign Minster and independent, José Ramos Horta, as Interim Premier and the 2 other male candidats named Deputy Prime Mnisters.

2002-04 Maria Manuela Dias Ferreira Leite, Portugal

1989-93 Secretary of State of Finance for Budget, 1993-95 Minister of Education, Vice-President of Partido Social Democrata 1998-99 and 1999-2002 Deputy Parliamentary Leader. And from 2002  Minister of State and Minister of Finance in charge of the European Fonds and Public Administration. Party President from 2008. (b. 1940-).

2002-07 Cynthia A. Pratt, Bahamas

Known as "Mother" Pratt, she is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Security (In charge of the Defence Force and Police). She was Opposition Whip Circa 1992-2000 and from circa 2000 Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Progressive Liberal Democratic Part. Acting Prime Minister in May-June during ilness of the Premier. She is a former nurse, she is mother of 6 children (b. 1945-).

2002-04 Enebay Geldiyevna Atayeva, Turkmenistan
2001 minister of Social Affairs and Labour, and since 2001 Minister of Economy and Finance. 2002-04 Deputy Premier Minister responsible for the Banking Sector and Circa 2003-04 Governor of the Ahal Region. Minister of Culture and TV and Radio Broadcast 2006-07. Her name is also transcribed as Ataeva Enebay Gelgievna.

2002-03 Gurbansoltan Handurdyeva, Turkmenistan
As Deputy Prime Minister she was responsible for Culture, Tourism, and Sports. Head of the state-television system in 2003.

2002-03 Margareta Winberg, Sweden
1994-96 and 1998-2002 Minister of Agriculture, 1994-98 Minister of Nordic Co-operation, 1996-98 Minister of Labour and since 1998 also Minister of Gender Equality. (b. 1947-).

2002-06 Radmila Sekerinska, Macedonia
Vice-President of the Government and Minister without Portfolio for Euro-Atlantic Integration. 1996-98 Member of the Municipal Council of Skopje and MP 1998-2002 and Deputy Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of SDUM, Vice-President of the Social Democratic Alliance (SDSM) 1999-2006 and Leader 2006-08. 12.05-02.06.2004 she acted as Head of Government from the former Prime Minister Crvenkovski's Presidential inauguration until election of Kostov as new Pime Minister. She already presided over government sessions and signed documents since Crvenkovski became candidate for President. Acting again 18.11-15.12 and candidate to take over the post permanently. (b. 1972).

2002-03 Francisca Lucas Pereira Gomes, Guinea Bissau

Before her appointment as Minister of State and Councillor charged with Political Affairs and Diplomacy, Francisca Pereira (or possibly Peirreira) held various posts in the government - among others as Minister of the Interior 1997-99.

2002 Traore Fatoumata Nafo, Mali (Second in Cabinet)
Minister of Health 2000-02.

2002-04 Kétia Rokiatou N'Diaye, Mali (Second in Cabinet)
Former Civil servant she was Director of the Cabinet of the President 1992-94 and the Special Advisor 1994-96. She is 3rd. Vice-President of the Rassemblement Pour Le Mali (Party) and Minister of Health from 2002. (b. 1938-).

2002-04 Alice Rajaonah, Madagascar (Second in the Cabinet)
Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals.

2002 Alda Alves de Melo dos Santos, São Tome e Príncípe (Second in Cabinet)
Alda Melo was Minister of Justice, State Reform, and Public Administration. Later Ambassador to Italy, the Holy See, etc.

2002 Alda Bandeira Tavares Vaz da Conçeicão, São Tome e Príncípe (Third in Cabinet)
1991-92  and from 2002 Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1992-93 Minister of Co-operation and 1996 Presidential Candidate. For 4 years President of Partido da convergência democrática-grupo de reflexão (PCD-GR). She is married to former Premier Minister Noberto Costa Alegre. (b. 1949-).

2002-04 Dr. Lamperth Mónika, Hungary (Third in Cabinet)

Minister of Interior. Former chairperson of the Association of Hungarian Social Democratic Local Polititians and Vice-President of the European Association of Social Democratic Local Polititians. Socialist MP. The fourth in the cabinet was the Minister of Health, Csehák Judit. 2006-07 Minister of Local Government and Regional Development and 2007-08 Minister of Welfare and Labour (b. 1957-).

2002-13 Lady Carol Kidu, Papua New Guinea (Third in Cabinet)
Australian born widow of a former Chief Justice, she has been MP since 1997. She became the country's second female minister - the last was in office until 1987- when she was appointed Minister of Welfare and Social Development as the third in the cabinet in 2002.

2002-03 and 2003-04 Dr. Claudina Augusto da Cruz, São Tome e Principe (Third in Cabinet)

Concurrently Minister of Health.

2002-03 Tilly Pikerie, The Nederlanse Antillen (Netherlands External Territory)
1992 Secretary of State of General Affairs of the Minister Presidente, 1992-94 Secretary of State of Finance, 1998-20002 Commissioner of General Affairs of Curaçao and since 2002 Vice-Premier and Minister of Health and Social Development. (b. 1961-).

2003-08 Wu Yi, China
1988-91 Vice-Mayor of Beijing in Charge of Foreign Trade and Industrial Development, 1991-92 Vice-Minister and 1993-98 Minister of External Trade and Economic Cooperation, 1998-2003 State Councillor, from 2002 Member of the Politburo of the Communist Party Central Committee, Minister of Health 2003-05. (b. 1938-).

2003-05 Henriette Dagri Diabaté, Côte d'Ivoire
1990-93 Minister of Culture, since circa 1994 Vice-President and since 1998 Secretary General and Deputy Leader of the oppositional Rassemblement des républicains, RDR and 1999 acting leader as the leader fled the country, 2000 Minister of the Francophonie and Culture and 2003-05 Minister of State and Minister of Justice. (b. 1935-)  

2003-05 Angèle Gnonsoa, Côte d'Ivoire

From around 1990 she has been second in charge of Parti Ivoirien des Travailleurs as Spokesperson and Party Secretary and 2003-05 Minister of State and Minister of Environment.  Her official name is Zonsahon Angèle, épouse Gnonsoa.

2003-08 Mia Mottley, Barbados

1994-2001 Minister of Education, Culture and Youth and 2001-06 Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, 2001-08 Leader of the House and 2006-08 Minister of Economic Affairs and Development. Leader of the Bermuda Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition 2008-10 (b. 1965-).

2003-04 Galina Nikolaevna Karelova, Russia

1997-2003 First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Development and Chairperson of the Women's Issues Commission by the Federal Council. As Vice-Premier she is in charge of Social Demograhic and Migration Policy and Labour Relations. Former Vice-Chairperson of the Regional Council of People’s Deputies of Ural. From 2004 First Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development.

2003 Ermelinda Meksi, Albania
Professor of Economics 1981-87, Member of the Chairmanship of the Socialist Party and MP since 1991, and Minister of State of Development and Economic Co-operation 1997-98. 1998-2002 Minister of Economic Co-operation and Trade and 2002 Minister of Economy. From 2003 also Minister of Integration. (b. 1957-)

2003-04 Ngamau Munokoa, Cook Islands (Free Association with New Zealand)

Aunty Mau joined the United Cook Islands group in 1965 and later the Democratic Party  in the early 1970s. She has taken a particular interest in women’s affairs and advancing the role of women in Cook Islands society. MP from 1996. 1999-2002 Minister of Internal Affairs and Works and from 2003 also Attorney-General and Minister of Transport, Civil Aviation and Shipping, and Environment. 2004 she left the government in protest against the Prime Minister. Reappointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture, Internal Affairs, Youth and Sports, Punanganui Market, House of Ariki and Koutu Nui, Non Governmental Orgaisations and Works in 2005 and resigned in December 2009 with the other members of the Democratic Party.

2003-06 Anne McLellan, Canada

Liberal MP 1993-06 and 1993-95 Minister of Energy, Mines, Forestry, 1994-97 Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, 1995-97 Minister of National Resources, 1997-2002 Minister of Justice and Attorney General, 2002-03 Minister of Health, From 2003 also Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. (b. 1950-).

2003-09 Jadranka Kosor, Croatia

Vice-President of the Sabor 1995-2000 and Deputy Chairperson of HDZ 1995-97 and 2003-09 and Party Chairperson 2009-12. Minister of War Weterans from 2003, Minister for Family and Inter-Generation Solidarity 2003-08 and responsible for Foreign Policy and Human Rights. Presidential Candidate 2005, and Prime Minister  2009-11. (b. 1953-).

2003-04 Gozul Nuralieyeva, Turkmenistan
Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture and Information.

2004-08 Svetlana Tursunovna Inamova, Uzbekistan
Deputy Premier Minister and Chairperson of the State Committee of Women's Affairs.

2004-10 María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, Spain

Secretary of State of Justice 1994-96 and Secretary General of PSOE in the Congreso de los Deputados 1996-2004 before becoming 1. Vice-President of the Government and Minister of the Presidency. (b. 1949-).

2004-07, 2009-10 and 2012- Aminata Tall, Senegal

1991-92 Minister-Delegate of Education, 1993-95 Member of the Bureau of National Assembly, 1995-97 Minister-Delegate of Technical Education and Professional Training, 1998-2000 Minister of Communication, 2000-01 Minister of Family and National Solidarity, 2001-02 Minister of Social Development and National Solidarity, 2004-07 Minister of State and Minister of Local Collecivities and Decentralisation and 2009-10 and since 2012 Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic. Also former High Court Judge.

2004-05 Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, Poland

Vice-Chairperson 2001-2004 and Chairperson 2004-05 of Unia Pracy (Labour Union), State Secretary for Equality 2002-04, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Policy 2004-05. Chairperson Unia Lewicy (Union of the Left), which she co-founded, from 2005. She was the only woman in the Council of Ministers. (1950-).

2004 Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia

1998-99 Deputy Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, 1999-2000 Minister of Trade and Foreign Economic Relations, 2000-04 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In January 2004 she was appointed Deputy State Minister, and when the position of chief of government changed from State Minister to Prime Minister one month laster, she became 1st State Minister and thereby continued as Deputy Chief of Government. (b. 1962-).

2004-05 Toktobubu Djekshenovna Aytikeeva, Kyrgyzstan

Deputy Head of the Social Department in the Presidential Administration and Secretary of the State Educational Program and 2002-04 president of the National TV and Radio Corporation. (b. 1951-).

2004 Byrganym Aitimova, Kazakstan

Also known as, Birganim Sariyevna Aytimova she was Minister of Tourism, Youth and Sports 1993-96 and Minister of Education and Science 2004-07. Member of the Upper House in 1996. Ambassador to Israel 1996-2002, to Italy 2002-04 and the United Nations from 2007. (1953-).

2004- Khayrinisso Mavlonova, Tajikistan

Former Deputy Chairperson of the Soghd Region and Deputy Chairperson of the Leninobod Regional administration before her appointment as Vice-Premier in charge of Women's Issues.

2004-05 Erna Solberg, Norway
Minister of Local Government and Regional Development 2001-05, Deputy Leader of Høyre 2002-04 and Party Leader from 2004 and as leader of the second party in the government, she was Deputy to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister from 2013. (b. 1961-).

2004-10 Ersilia de Lannooy, Nederlandse Antillen

A former Party Secretary of the National People's Party, Minister of Finance from 2002 and when she became Party Leader in 2004 she also became Vice-Premier. She is normally known as ‘Zus’/Sister.

2004-10 Margot Wallström, European Union
Swedish Minister of Civil Affairs, 1988-1991, Minister of Culture, 1994-1996 and 1996-1998 Minister of Social Affairs. 1999-2004 European Commissioner for Environment, Vice-President of the EU-Commission in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy 2004-09 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014. (b. 1954-).

2005-10 Libertine Appolus Amathila, Namibia
1987-89 Minister-Delegate of Local Government and Housing, 1989-96 Minister of Local Government and Lands and 1995-96 Minister of Regional Government and Housing
1996-2005 Minister of Health and Social Service. (b. 1940-)

2005 Ishengul Boljurova, Kyrgyzstan
2006 (Acting Vice-Premier)

Also known as Ishenkul Boldzhurova, she was Minister of Education and Culture and Science 2002-04 and 2005 and 1. Deputy Prime Minister for Social Issues in 2005. Since 2004 Vice-Chairperson of the Popular Movement. (1951-)

2005-09 Emel Etem, Bulgaria
Also Minister without portfolio Natural Disaster Management. Also Vice-Chairperson of the ethnic Turkish party of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms. (b. 1958-).

2005-07 Freya Van den Bossche, Belgium
Attaché for Extern Communication and Drug Affairs by the Mayor of Gent 1999-2003. Member of the Chamber of Deputies from 2003. 2003-04 Minister for Environment, Consumer Protection and Sustainable Development, 2004-05 Minister of Labour and Vice Prime Minister and Minister of the Budget 2005-07. (b. 1975-).

2005-12 Kristin Halvorsen, Norway

Leader of Socialistisk Vensterparti 1997-2012 and Parliamentary Leader (Socialist Left) 1997-2001, Minister of Finance 2005-09 and Minister of Education 2009-13. As leader of the second party in the government she was Deputy to the Prime Minister. (b. 1960-).

2005-08 Åslaug Haga, Norway

1989-90 Political Advisor of the Minister of Development Aid, 1997-99 State Secretary of Foreign Affairs, 1999 State Secretary by the Premier Minister, 1999-2000 Minister of Culture, 1999-2003 Deputy Party Leader of Senterpartiet and 2003-08 its leader, Vice-secretary of the Lagting 2001-02, Minister of Municipal and District Affairs 2004-07 and Minister of Petrolium and Energy 2007-08. As leader of the third party in the government, she was Deputy to the Prime Minister. (b. 1959-)

2005-08 Zinaida Grecianîi, Moldova

Vice-Minister 2000-01 and First Vice-Minister of Finance 2001-02, Minister of Finance 2002-05 and 1. Vice Prime Minister and Coordinator of the activity of executive institution in charge with economic-financial sector from 2005. Prime Minister 2008-09. (b. 1956-).

2005-11 Michèle Alliot-Marie, France (Third in Cabinet)
1986-88 Secretary of State for Education, 1993-95 Minister of Youth and Sports. From 1994 1. Vice-President of the General Council of the Department of Pyrénées-
Atlantique, 1999-2002 President of RPR, Rally for the Republic. Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs 2002-07, Minister of Interior and Overseas Afffairs 2007-09 and Minister of State from 2009, Minister of Justice 2009-10 and Minister of Foreign Affairs 2010-11. (b. 1946-)  

2006, 2006-07 and 2007 Zyta Gilowska, Poland

Apart from her role as Vice-President of the Council of Ministers, she was also Minister of Finance. She was Deputy Leader of the Citizen's Platform 2003-05, Member of the Sejm 2001-05. First fired because of charges of lying about her activities during the Communist regime, but when she was cleared, she was reinstated in her office. Laster same year she was removed from office again, but appointed State Secretary and Acting Minister of Finance, but reappointed after a few days. Professor of economy. (b. 1949-).

2006-09 Georgette Koko, Gabon

Vice-Premier Minister and Minister of Environment, Protection of the Nature, Research and Technology

2006-07  Dr. Tsai Ying-wen, Taiwan

1999-2000 Senior Advisor of the National Security Council. 2000-04 Minister and Chairperson of Mainland Affairs Council and 2004-06 Member of the Legislative Yuan. As Vice Premier she was also Minister of Consumer Protection, Chairperson of the Democratic Progressive Party 2008-12 and from 2014 and Presidential Candidate in 2012 and elected President in 2016. (b. 1956-).

2006-07 Maria dos Santos Lima da Costa Tebús Torres, São Tomé e Príncipe

Maria Santos Tebus was Minister of Planning and Finance 2002-03 and again 2006-07, when she was also appointed Vice Prime Minister. Formerly a civil servant in and Advisor of the Ministry 1999-2002. (b. 1958-).

2006-09 Tzipi Livni, Israel
2001 Minister of Regional Cooperation, 2001-02 Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister's Office for Information, 2002-03 Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, 2003-06 Minister of Immigrant Absorption
2004-05 Minister of Construction and Housing, 2004-05, Minister of Justice 2005-06 and Foreign Minister and 1. Vice-Premier 2006-09. She was MK for Likud 1999-2005, when she joined Kadima and party leader 2008-12 and was charged with the formation of a new government. Chairperson of Hatnua Birshut Tzipi Livni (The Movement Headed by Tzipi Livni) from 2012. (b. 1958-). 

2006 Ivana Dulić-Marković, Serbia
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management 2004-06 and Deputy Prime Minister in the Independent Republic of Serbia from 2006. PhD , widow and mother of two children. (b. 1961-).

2006-08 Gabriela Trajkovska Konevska, Macedonia
Vice-president of the Government and Minister of European Integration and MP for VMRO-DPMNE.

2006-10 Maud Olofsson, Sweden

Minister of Entreprise, Energy and Communication 2006-11. Chairperson of Centerpartiet 2001-11 and MP from 2002. (b. 1955-)

2006-08 Constance Simelane, Swaziland

2003-06 Minister of Education.

2006 and 2016-  Lucia Žitňanská, Slovakia

State Secretary of Justice 2002-06 and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice from February til July 2006, 2010-12 and from 2016. (b. 1964-).

2006-10 Paula A. Cox, Bermuda (British Dependent Territory)

Succeeded her father, Eugene Cox as Minister of Finance when he died in January 2004. 1998-2002 Minister of Labour and Home Affairs and Public Security, 2002-04 Minister of Education, 2002-03 Minister of Development, 2003-04 Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Minister of Finance 2004-12, Deputy Leader of the Progressive Labour Party and Deputy Premier 2006-10, Party Leader and Premier 2010-12. (b. 1969-).

2006-09 Gordana Đurović, Montenegro

Professor of Economy. Minister of Foreign Economic Relations 2004-06 and also Minister of  and European Integration since 2004 and Deputy Prime Minister 2006-09. (b. 1964-).

2006 Linda Mūrniece, Latvia (Second in Cabinet)

Linda Murniece was also Minister of Defence. She was Paliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior 2002-04 Deputy Chairperson of the New Era Party in 2004 and 2005 Parliamentary Secretary of Defence (b. 1970-).

2006-09 Kinga Göncz, Hungary (Second in Cabinet)
2002-04 Political State Secretary of Health, Social- and Family Affairs, 2004 Minister without Portfolio for Equal Opportunities and 2004-06 Minister of Family, Children and Equality and Foreign Minister 2006-09. (b. 1947-).

2007-08 Sahana Pradhan, Nepal (Third in Cabinet)

Leader of the Communist Party 1978-87, Leader of the Marxist NKP 1987-90, Leader of the United Left Front 1990-91, President of the united Marxist party UML 1991 and now member of the Executive Committee. 1990-91 Minister of Industry and Trade, 1996-97 Minister of Forests and Soil Conservation and 1997 Minister of Women and Welfare and 2007-08 also Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is widow of Pushpa Lal Shresta, leader of the Communists 1949-78, (b. 1932-).

2007-12 Lúcia Maria Brandão Freitas Lobato, East Timor (Third in Cabinet)

Lucia Lobato has been MP since 2001. Deputy Leader of the Democratical Social Party (PSD) since 2003 and Deputy Opposition Leader. Presidential Candidate in 2007 and Minister of Justice and and Third in Cabinet from 2007. Jurist and university teacher. (b. 1965-).

2007 Annie Beustes, Nouvelle Caledonie (French External Territory)

1999-2001 Minister of Economic Affairs and Relations with the Economic and Social Council, 2001-02 1. Vice-President and 2002-04 7. Vice-President of the Bureau du Congès, President of various parliamentary committees before becoming Vice-President of the Government, a post she left after 2 weeks after new elections in the Congress and Minister of Economy, Labour, Civil Service, External Commerce, Costums, Monetary Questions and Credit from 2007. (b. 1945-).

2007-11  Dancia Penn, British Virgin Islands (External Territory of United Kingdom and Great Britain)

1992-99 Attorney-General and ex-officio member of the Legislative Council. 2004-07 Deputy Governor and 2006 Acting Governor and Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Welfare 2007-11. (b. 1951-).

2007- Maysa Yazmuhammedova, Turkmenistan

Former Deputy Governor of the Ahaol Region and Trade Union leade before she was appointed  Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Culture, Media and Health Care Issues.

2007-00  Brigid Annisette-George, Trinidad and Tobago (Second in Cabinet)

Attorney At law through 20 years, and she was appointed government Senator in 2007. As Attorney General she is the Deputy of the Prime Minister according to the constitution.

2007-11 Britt Lundberg, Åland (Finish External Territory)

Apart from her position as Vice-Lantråd/Deputy Premier she is also Minister of Education and Culture. She was Vice-Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of Centern 2002-03. Minister of the Chancellery in charge of the European Union, Equality, Personnel Affairs, Housing, Elections, Municipal Administrations and Lotteries 2005-07 and Speaker of the Lagting from 2011.  

2007-10 Julia Gillard, Australia

MP from 1998, Manager of Opposition Business in the House of Representatives 2003-06 and Deputy Leader of Labor from 2006 and Deputy Leader of the Opposition 2006-07. Along with her role as Deputy Prime Minister she was Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 2007-10 and Prime Minister 2010-13. (b. 1961-).

2008-10 Đurđa Adlešić, Croatia

Djurda Adelesic is former Mayor of Bjelovar, Vice-President of the Social Liberal Party, HSLS 2000-06 and then Leader of a new party formed as a merger between the Croatian Social-Liberal Party and Liberal Party - also named HSLS. Around 2000 and 2001-08 President of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security. 2001 Deputy Foreign Minister, 2004-08 Vice-President of the Sabor, 2005 Presidential Candidate and Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Interior Policy from 2008. (b. 1960-).

2008-09 Honorine Dossou-Naki, Gabon

The second female member of the government as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 1982-88, Ambassador to France 1995-2002, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals 2002-07, Minister of the Merchant Navy and charged with Port Equipments in 2007 until she was appointed Minister of State Control, Inspections, the Fight against Corruption and Illegal Enrichment later in the year, nd Vice-Premier Minister from 2008.

2008-14 Joëlle Milquet, Belgium

National President of the Centre Démocrate Humaniste, CHP 1999-2011 and Minister of Labour and Equal Opportunities 2008-11 and of Interior 2011-14 and became Vice-Premer and Minister in the French Community of Compulsory Education, Small Children, Day Care Facilities and Culture in 2014. (b. 1961-).

2008-10 Meglena Plugchieva, Bulgaria

Meglena Ivanova Plugchieva-Aleksandrova was Socialist MP 1995-2004, 1997-2004 Bulgarian Representative in  Rheinland-Pfalz, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry 2001-04, Ambassador to Germany 2004-08 and Deputy Prime Minister charged with the Management of the European Union Funds from 2008. Vice-Presidential Candidate in 2011. (b. 1956-)

2008-11 Mary Coughlan , Ireland

Fianna Fail TD 1987-2011, Minister of State (with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht and the Islands) 2001-02,  Minister of Social Security and Family Affairs 2002-04, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 2004-08 and since 2008 also Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment. (b. 1965-).

2008-09 Elmira S. Ibraimova, Kyrgyzstan

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1999-2002, Leader of the parliamentary faction of Ak Zhol in 2007, Deputy Foreign Minister 2007-08 and Deputy Prime Minister until her resignation from the cabinet. (b. 1962-).

2008-11 Farida Shorahimovna Akbarova, Uzbekistan

Former Deputy Governor of Tashkent Region and Vice-Chairperson of the national Women's  Committee 2007-08 until her appoitment as Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson of the Committee.

2008-11 Lene Espersen, Denmark

MP 1994-2014, Political Spokesperson of The Conservative People's 1999-2001 and 2014, Minister of Justice 2001-08 and Political Leader 2008-11, Minister of Economic and Business Affairs 2008-10 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010. Mother of 2 sons. (b. 1965-)  

2008-13 Liv Signe Navarsete, Norway

Parliamentary Leader 2001-05 and 2. Vice-Chairperson  2003-08 and Leader of Senterpartiet 2008-14 and Parliamentary Leader 2013-14. Minister of Transport and Communication 2005-09, 2. Vice-Premier from 2008 and Minister of Local Government and Regional Development 2009-13. She is mother of 2 daughters. (b. 1958-).

2008- Men Sam An, Cambodia

Also known as Mem San An or Men San Orn, she was Member of the Politburo  of the Cambodian People’s Party (Communist) 1986-93 and later of the Standing Committe, Member of the Permanent Committee of the National Assembly and Chairperson of the Public Health, Social and Women's Affairs’ Committee 1998-2004, Senior Minister and Minister of Parliamentary Relations and Inspection 2004-08 and Deputy Prime Minister without Portfolio from 2008.

2008-12 Adiatu Djaló Nandigna, Guinea Bissau (Second in Cabinet)

Also known as Maria Adiatu Diallo Nandigna, she was Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport 2007-08 and has been Second in Cabinet since 2008 and Minister of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Social Communication and Parliament from 2009 and Acting Prime Minister from 10. February 2012.

2009 Vlasta Parkanová, Czech Republic
Member of Parliament 1990-1992 and again since 1997 for the KDU-CSL. Minister of Justice 1997-98, Chairperson of the Club of Christian-Democratic Union - Czechoslovak Peoples' Party (KDU-CSL) in the Chamber of Deputies 2006-07. Minister of Defence 2007-09. (b. 1951).

2009 and 2010-11 Uktomkhan Abdullaeva, Kyrgyzstan
Ouktomkhane Avavovna Abdoullaeva was Deputy Minister of Finance 1994-96, First Deputy Finance Minister 1996-99, First Deputy Labor and Social Protection Minister 1999-2001 Deputy Labour and Social Protection Minister 2001-07 and Minister of Labour and Social Development 2007-09 and from 2010 also in charge of Social Affairs. (b. 1949-).

2009-10 Tazhikan Borbugulovna Kalimbetova, Kyrgyzstan

2007-09 Minister of Finance, appointed by the authoritarian president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, after parliamentary elections where the opposition did not get any seats in spite of officially winning more than 8% of the vote. Former Civil Servant in the Economy Ministry and Deputy Minister of Finance. 2009. (b. 1959-).

2009-13 Thokozani Khupe, Zimbabwe

Vice-President of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) from 2005 and former Parliamentary Deputy Chief Whip of the MDC Party. (b. 1963-)

2009-14 Matia Chowdhury, Bangladesh (Third in Cabinet)

Also known as Motia, she was Organizing Secretary of the Awami League 1971-72 and 1979 Agricultural Secretary of the party and Minister of Agriculture and Food 1996-2001 and again from 2009. (b. 1942-)

2009 Lillian Boyce, Turks and Caicos Islands (British External Territory)

Known as Lillian Robinson-Been until 2006, she was Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of Progressive National Party in 2003, Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture 2003-07 and Minister of Health and Human Services , 2007-09 until she was fired from the cabinet in February for critizising the Premier, who then named her Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs and Public Security in February when he announced his resignation effictive by the end of March, and  she was fired when the new Premier took office. (b. 1963-).

2009-11 Elena Salgado Méndez, Spain

2. Vice-President of the Government 2009-11 and 1. Vice-President for Economic Affairs, and Minister of Finance and Economy 2009-11. Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment 1991-96, 2004-07 Minister of Health  and President of the WHO Assembly in 2005 and 2007-09 Minister of Public Administration and Civil Service. (b. 1949-).

2009-12 Ndèye Khady Diop, Senegal

2002-04 Minister-Delegate for Pre-Scholar Education and Small Children, from 2009 Minister of State and Minister of Family, 2009-10 Minister of National Solidarity, Food Security, Women's Entrepreneurship, Microfinance and the Infancy and 2010-12 Minister of Women's Groups and the Early Childhood.

2009 and 2009-11 Cécile Manorohanta, Madagascar
Cécile Marie Ange Dominique Manorohanta was Vice-Minister of Education and Scientific Research 2007, Minister of Defence 2007-09 and Vice-Premier and Minister of Interior 2009-11. As part of the power struggle she was in charge of the government from October to November as the appointed Premier could not be sworn in and when he was abroard in December, she again acted as his stand-in until he was dismissed and she appointed as his successor  but she was replaced herself after 2 days.

2009-11 Sujata Koirala, Nepal

Spokesperson of the Nepalese Congress Party 2007-08, Minister Without Portfolio in 2008, she failed to get elected to the Constuent Assembly in 2008 but the following year her father, Congress President and former Prime Minsiter, Girija Prasad Koirala, named her Foreign Minister and Leader of the Congress Party in the Government and later in the year she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

2009-10 Viera Petríková, Slovakia

A former Judge and also Minister of Justice from 2009. (b. 1957-)

2009-12 Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, Cayman Islands (United Kingdom External Dependency)

Minister of Community Development, Sports, Youth Affairs and Culture 1997-2000 and 2003-04 and Minister for Planning, Communications, District Administration and IT 2004-05, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly 2001-03 and fro 2013, Deputy Leader of Government Business and Minister for District Administration, Agriculture, Environmental Health, Public Works, Telecommunication and  Gender Affairs  and Deputy Leader of the United Democratic Party since 2009. Premier 2012-13.


2009-11 Anicette Nang Ovika, Gabon (Second in Cabinet)

Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals.

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